But as it went Mayo clutched a davit pulley and swung in midair.
"Trussed him up to the davit pole," he breathed in the inspector's ear.
One of the starboard boats, attached to the davit by only one fall, was held by the wind like a flag straight out over the deck.
As soon as we are all clear, wear round—Let run that davit fall?
They cast off the davit blocks, and began rowing toward the bobbing head.
The davit blocks were treble for the lifeboats and double for the cutters.
It was hanging by the after davit, a mere bunch of smashed sticks.
Touch the tackling of the davit, one of you; only touch it, and I'll cleave your skull.
First of all, the boat was temporarily slung by stout ropes from the davit ends; then the tackles were let go and unhooked.
Instead of this a Vaudois captain, davit, was executed, and others placed under arrest upon unjust suspicions.
also david, "crane-like structure used to lower things off a ship, etc.," late 15c., apparently a use of the masc. proper name David on the pattern of applying common Christian names to useful devices (cf. jack, jenny, jimmy).